Glasgow v Exeter: only one change to Warriors team for Champions Cup clash

Jamie Bhatti replaced Oli Kebble in starting XV, while Richie and Jonny Gray are set to face each other for first time

Jamie Bhatti will start at loos-head for Glasgow Warriors against Exeter Chiefs in the Champions Cup on Saturday. Image: © Craig Watson -
Jamie Bhatti will start at loos-head for Glasgow Warriors against Exeter Chiefs in the Champions Cup on Saturday. Image: © Craig Watson -

JAMIE BHATTI has replaced Oli Kebble at loose-head prop in the only change to the Glasgow Warriors starting fifteen which played against La Rochelle last Sunday. Meanwhile, Kiran McDonald and Tom Gordon have replaced Lewis Bean and Ally Miller on the bench.

Stuart Hogg, Jonny Gray and Sam Skinner have all been named in the Chiefs’ starting line-up, meaning that the Gray brothers [Richie and Jonny] will line-up against each other for the first time in a competitive match.

“Although we lost in La Rochelle, there were many positives to build on including the physicality we showed against a very powerful team,” said head coach Danny Wilson.

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“Leaving La Rochelle with a losing bonus-point gives us a big opportunity this weekend; however, again we will need to produce another physical display and take our opportunities to get a home win against another good Exeter team.

“We’re looking forward to our first home European match in nearly two years, in front of a packed Scotstoun.”

Glasgow Warriors (v Exeter Chiefs at Scotstoun Stadium, Saturday 5.30pm): J McKay; K Steyn, S Tuipulotu, S Johnson, C Forbes; R Thompson, A Price©; J Bhatti, G Turner, Z Fagerson, S Cummings, R Gray, M Fagerson, R Darge, J Dempsey. Replacements: J Matthews, O Kebble, E Pieretto, K McDonald, R Harley, T Gordon, G Horne, D Weir.

Exeter Chiefs: S Hogg; J Nowell, H Slade, I Whitten, T O’Flaherty; J Simmonds, J Maunder; A Hepburn, L Cowan-Dickie, S Nixon, J Gray, J Hill, D Ewers, S Skinner, S Simmonds, Replacements: J Yeandle, B Mood, P Schickerling, D Armand, J Kirsten, S Maunder, H Skinner, T Hendrickson.

Unavailable for Warriors selection: Hamish Bain, Simon Berghan, Fraser Brown, Sean Kennedy, Tom Lambert, Stafford McDowall, Ewan McQuillin, Ryan Wilson.


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  1. I think Glasgow will get bullied and overwhelmed as the game goes on. Exeter may not be the team they were 2 years ago but still have it in them to win this one comfortably.

    • Tend to agree. Our starting front five in particular look lightweight for the arm wrestle that’s coming. Let’s hope we can get some ball to the backs.

    • Absolutely Nigel, totally agree and very happy to be proved wrong – we were dominant all over the field including the front 5. Turner was great, Bhatti solid and, once Zander got on the Ref’s wave-length at the scrums, he was bossing it too. This was the best Glasgow performance I’ve seen for a long time.

      What I don’t get is Danny Wilson. How we could be so flat and error-strewn against Benneton a few weeks ago but then turn in this kind of performance vs a fully-stacked Exeter is just infuriating. What you can’t doubt though is his recruiting acumen – McKay, Dempsey, Tuipulotu and Forbes have been absolutely superb pieces of business. If Dempsey is still playing the same way in a year’s time he’s got to be a shoe-in for the Scotland squad. And Edinburgh must kick themselves every time they see Rory Darge play!

  2. Have a feeling that our front row may turn out to be a bit light without the likes of Kebble (bench) or Brown (injured). Bhatti and Turner are good open field players but Exeter are primarily a front-based power team and it’s going to be a tight start. Just hope our backs see some ball.

    • That aged well!

      Absolutely blootered the Exeter front row. Despite Brace making some very very odd calls. Whole pack way too physical for exeter

  3. Wouldn’t say I was confident of a win however last weeks performance gives hope of being in the mix. Can’t wait for Jack Dempsey and Sam Simmons to get aquatinted, similarly George Turner and Luke Cowan-Dickie. The forecast is dry, a 4G pitch under the floodlights, looking forward to the game.

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